General Assembly Notes 5 May 2013

Summary

  • Mother's Day Vigil for Peace 10a - 12p at corner of Pleasant and Mass Ave. 5/12/13.
  • Stop the Cuts Rally - Thursday, May 16 - 12 pm http://www.masspeaceaction.org/home/files/B4A%20May%2016%20Flyer.pdf. Tip O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, Boston - North Station (Green Line) Regional HQ for the Social Security Administration and Housing & Urban Development
  • Next Occupy Arlington (OA) GA Sun May 19th at 6:30 PM - Arlington Senior Center.

General Assembly Notes 7 April 2013

Summary

  • Arlington UJP; Sat. April 13 Regional Anti-Drone Rally 1-3pm; Park St. Boston
  • Tax Day Rally - Tuesday, April 16 - 11 am - New Location! Tip O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, Boston - North Station (Green Line) Regional HQ for the Social Security Administration and Housing & Urban Development
  • Patriots' Day Counter-Rally by faith groups at Lexington Green, Fri. April 19.
  • Next Occupy Arlington (OA) GA Sun April 21st at 6:30 PM - Arlington Senior Center. Mike's sustainable living (gardening) and chicken raising event before GA on April 21st

The conference that's not a conference

(posted on behalf of Dick Terry)

Common Cause Massachusetts is proud to partner with the New Organizing Institute (NOI), ACLU Massachusetts, MassVOTE and others to host RootsCamp Massachusetts on April 6-7. RootsCamp is an open space "un-conference" for activists to share lessons learned, discuss best practices, and discover opportunities for collaboration. It's called an "un-conference" because there is no pre-set agenda; instead the agenda is driven by the people who attend.

Roots Camp MA Saturday & Sunday, April 6-7 in Boston

General Assembly Notes 17 March 2013

Attendees: Julie O (facilitator), Susan (stack), Rob, Mike, Kay-Kay, Chris, James, Lukas, Dick, Alan, David Lan, Lynette, Ann M, Barbara B, Gina (note taker)

Summary

  • Arlington Eco-Fest at Town Hall Sat, March 23, 10am - 2pm
  • Occupy Middlesex GA, March 28th in Winchester at UU.
  • Next Occupy Arlington (OA) GA 4/7/13, 6:30 pm **

100+ Descend on TransCanada Office in Westborough

3 from Arlington part of the March, 11, 2013: FUNERAL FOR OUR FUTURE (Massachusetts Tar Sands Blockade)

On Monday, March 11, over 100 people representing a coalition of students, members of the Massachusetts Methodist clergy, mothers fighting for their children, and concerned community members marched into the Westborough, MA office of TransCanada Corporation and held a funeral mourning the loss of our future at the hands of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline will transport the tar sands that climate scientists say will lock us into irreversible global warming.

Of those 100 protesters, 25 of us locked themselves together with handcuffs and were arrested in an act of civil disobedience. Carrying a coffin emblazoned with the words “Our Future,” we held flowers and sang an elegy as we marched in procession.

Our action comes a week after a week after the US State Department released a widely criticized Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Keystone XL.......

Continued at http://funeralforourfuture.wordpress.com/

St. Patrick's Peace Parade, Sunday, March 17

Veterans for Peace Logo

Third Annual St. Patrick's Peace Parade, Sunday, March 17
Parade participants will assemble at: 2:00 PM
D Street off of West Broadway (Look for Blimp and Flags)
Parade will begin at 3:00 PM, one mile behind 1st parade

SOUTH BOSTON - For the third year in a row the 200 member Smedley Butler Brigade, Chapter 9 of Veterans For Peace will lead the St. Patrick's Peace Parade through the streets of South Boston on Sunday, March 17, one mile behind the 1st parade. Once again Veterans For Peace are organizing a parade that is welcoming and inclusive on the streets of South Boston. This is in direct conflict with the policies of the organizers of the first parade that exclude veterans who have dutifully served their country, many in war, but who now work for peace and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT community).

Veterans For Peace were denied to walk in the 1st parade in 2011 because the organizers of the first parade "did not want to have the word peace associated with the word veteran". Being aware of the longtime exclusionary and discriminatory practices of the organizers of the 1st parade towards the LGBT community the veterans decided to have their own welcoming and inclusive parade. The first group they reached out to was the LGBT community saying to them, "you were denied to walk in their parade eighteen years ago, how would you like to walk in our parade". The LGBT group Join the Impact immediately accepted the offer.

In 2011 with only three to four weeks to organize the Peace Parade they had one band, a duck boat and 500 participants. In 2012 there were seven divisions, two bands, a duck boat, two trollies, one float, bag-pipers, a drumming group and 2,000 participants. In 2013, there are eight divisions (Veterans, Peace, Religious, LGBT, Climate Justice, Political, Labor-Jobs and Economic and Social Justice), six bands, Bread and Puppet Theatre from Vermont, a duck boat, two trollies, one float and the expectations of many many more participants. The peace, environment, LGBT groups and organizations are heavily promoting the parade this year. "I believe the Saint Patrick's Peace Parade could be huge this year", said Pat Scanlon the coordinator of Veterans For Peace and organizer of the Peace Parade. "Groups such as MoveOn.org, the Green Party, Sierra Club, 350.org, the LGBT community, peace groups and churches are mobilizing to join the parade. Musical groups from as far away as Rhode Island and New York are joining our parade, this is exciting"

"There is one big difference from previous years" added Scanlon. "For the past two years the Boston DPW had crews breaking down the barriers and cleaning the streets with street sweepers right behind the 1st parade. What did that signal to parade watchers; the party is over, go home. This year the DPW crews and the street sweepers will be behind our parade". Lawyers from the ACLUM and LeClair Ryan negotiated with the city to guarantee fair treatment for the Peace Parade. This means that potentially tens of thousands more people will see and enjoy the Saint Patricks' Peace Parade. The party is not over until the street sweepers sweep, please stay, enjoy and celebrate.

The website of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans For Peace is www.SmedleyVFP.org

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